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Hypochondriacs of the world, unite! - Walking on the Edge
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Hypochondriacs of the world, unite!
I got my flu shot this morning, and if y'all can manage it, you should get one too. Flu season is upon us. The less sick people roaming around spreading germs, the better!

One thing I will miss about working for the Federal government if my next job is in private practice is all of the little things it provides, like free flu shots and reasonably-priced cafeteria food (only available in government office buildings and elementary schools, as far as I can tell). However, one thing I would NEVER miss, if it went away, is the annoying flu-like-symptoms that manifest after you get your flu vaccine.

For instance, all morning long, my left arm felt achy. The rest of me was ok, but oooh, that left arm. And now? unfortunately, the flu shot seems to have targeted my bursitis, and I am in PAIN. I mean real pain. Shooting pains in my left hip. OOMPH. Becky gave me some Tylenol, but so far, no dice. I just want to go lie DOWN somewhere. Oooh, I hope this goes away soon.


On a lighter note, to further illustrate my complete geekiness, here's one of my favorite uses of the word "hypochodriac," via Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman:

Lucille (Shelley Long) and Nell (Mary Gross) are plotting to shoot Superman with a red Kryptonite laser. It shorts out as Nell is firing it and they have to run away.

Lucille (running): Idiot! Moron! Cretin!
Nell: I burned my hand!
Lucille: Hypochondriac!

For some reason, that scene always makes me laugh. Those two have great comic timing. (And now I really want to go watch Troop Beverly Hills again...)


Oy. Pain.

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girl_on_a_wire From: girl_on_a_wire Date: October 20th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC) (current file)
in a troop beverly hills-related situation, ive been listening to Jenny Lewis' new album "Acid Tongue" pretty much nonstop lately.

i hope your flu-like symptoms dissapear quickly.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 21st, 2008 02:54 am (UTC) (current file)
Ha, cool.

Thanks. :)
ashcomp From: ashcomp Date: October 20th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (current file)
I guess I'm just lucky, there. My flu shots never seem to bother me except for the momentary burn as the vaccine goes in. Once in a while, maybe a little elevation in temperature. Rarely enough to notice.

OTOH, free? No such luck. It's usually a supermarket or drug store for me.

Incidentally, I learned that a year or two back, Maryland quietly authorized pharmacists to give injections. Don't know if that was a homeland security consideration, or just part of the Bird Flu scare. But it seems like a good idea.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 21st, 2008 02:54 am (UTC) (current file)
Mine usually go away by the next day. :)
ellen_datlow From: ellen_datlow Date: October 20th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC) (current file)
Thanks for reminding me. Luckily I have no side-effects and it seems to have prevented me from getting flu for as long as I've had them (at least a decade).
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 21st, 2008 02:55 am (UTC) (current file)
No prob! That's good. My side effects usually only last a day, so it's not too bad.
0ccam From: 0ccam Date: October 21st, 2008 01:15 am (UTC) (current file)
I don't get the flu symptoms from the shot.

Normally. Ours are coming early Nov. I'll let you know if I get symptoms.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 21st, 2008 02:55 am (UTC) (current file)
Hopefully you won't! :)
addygryff From: addygryff Date: October 21st, 2008 01:27 am (UTC) (current file)
Generally I'd say that autumn and winter are my favourite seasons.. except that I never quite seem to make it through them without getting sick, it's weird but flu shots don't seem to work for me at all, so I tend to be quite paranoid about germs and the likes.

Oh, and Lois and Clark was so awesome in a 'it's so bad it's good'-kind of way. I used to love it, no one here ever quite understood why. *g*

I hope you'll feel better soon. );
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 21st, 2008 02:56 am (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, I tend to catch flus and things. But the shot seems to work pretty well.

Oh, I unashamedly love Lois and Clark. I mean, for one, it's got Dean Cain. But also some of the eps were actually quite good. (And some were abysmally bad, but whatever.)
narfzz From: narfzz Date: October 29th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC) (current file)
Aw, I follow you on Twitter. Is it alright if I friend you on lj?

Oh man, I had two shots one on each arm. For some reason the tetanus shot ache lasted longer than the flu shot for me.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 29th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, of course! Friend away.
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